At age 23, there is a clear gender gap in educational attainment," the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today in its annual report on school and employment of young people who were born between 1980 and 1984.
In a survey of 9,000 young people around the country, who were first interviewed when they were age 12 to 17 and now are 23 to 29 years old, the bureau found a wide gap in college attainment between men and women.
Nearly 1 in 4 of the women had earned a bachelor's degree by the October in which they turned 23. Only 1 in 7 of the men had done so, the bureau said.
But the bureau said the education gap may close in the near future. Currently, 16 percent of both men and women were enrolled in college classes.
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